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This Movement System incorporates biomechanical, movement and sport-specific based assessments to treat the athletes. Treatments are based on concepts of anatomical slings and neuromuscular chains. Muscle facilitation, reflexive activation, dual vectors and the functional use of CLX resistance bands are incorporated to facilitate sport specific exercises.

Objectives

  • Learn the biomechanics and sport specific demands of the upper quarter.
  • Understand the importance of regional interdependence of the upper quarter and its functional relationship to pathobiomechanics.
  • Demonstrate and select appropriate movement assessments and treatments for an athlete‚Äôs upper quarter and spine.
  • Provide interventions based on faulty movement patterns and observed and relate to key impairments obtained from the objective exam.
  • Learn current research supporting movement and sport-specific assessments and treatments.

The Movement System Story

I graduated physical therapy school from the University of Southern California, went through an orthopedic residency program and started treating patients. I had a strong foundation in orthopedics and many of the patients I was treating were getting better. However, there was still a number of patients that weren’t improving. I knew that the patient’s pain was related to movement but I wasn’t sure exactly why.

After several years of clinical practice, I was presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity. I received a sponsorship to rock climb in South America. I quit my physical therapy job and seized the opportunity.I knew that I wanted to learn more about movement, so I applied to a Movement Science Fellowship before I left on my trip.

While in South America, I received a message that I had gotten the fellowship position. I flew back to Los Angeles and 6 months later I was standing in front of my fellowship mentor Clare Frank, who is world known for movement science. I had forgotten everything about physical therapy except anatomy. And this was likely to my advantage.

For the first 6 months of the fellowship, I was not allowed to touch a patient. I just observed movement. It was in that time that the patients that I wasn’t understanding previously started to make more sense. I just had to take the time to step back and observe what I was missing. After 7 months into the fellowship, I began using my orthopedic manual skills combined with movement science and my patients started getting better quicker.

I built a system from the foundation of everything I had learned from the masters in the field; Clare Frank, Shriley Sahrmann, Joe Godges and Chris Powers. Now I would like to share this system with you.

-Jared Vagy PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS